Moissanite, the sort of Moissanite which appears injewellers, is a man-made crystal which imitates some gems found in a meteoritein the late nineteenth century. The star-crystal is too rare to be used in thejewellery industry, but the synthetic imitation has been in use since the 1990s.Moissanite pendants and other jewellery are very popular, due to their use bymovie stars and models, as well as by its relative cheapness and its closenessto diamonds. The crystal can be cut into any of the usual gemstone styles, andused to fashion Moissanite earrings or rings.
Although Moissanite has been seen as a diamond replacement by some jewellers,the crystal is beautiful in its own right, and many people like the fire andbrilliance which Moissanite has, which can be twice as much as a naturaldiamond. Moissanite wedding bands are exceptionally desirable, as they combinethe glitz and elegance of the traditional diamond ring with the reasonableprice and extra sparkle of the Moissanite. Even a normally expensive ring setin precious metal can become much cheaper if the man-made crystal is used; aplatinum Moissanite ring is a great alternative to the expense of a diamond.
As Moissanite has become more popular in recent years, thecrystal is now being used regularly in different styles of jewellery, and it isrelatively easy now to find Moissanite pendants and Moissanite earringsavailable. The gem is still limited to selected sellers, though it seemsunlikely that the company will stop producing it soon. Despite the availabilityof the stone, commentators are noticing Moissanite's fashionable status, andthe glamour which is now being associated with it, and predicting thatMoissanite may well become a valuable item in time.
Like a diamond, Moissanite is a very hard stone, with ahardness value almost equal to that of diamonds. This makes it veryscratch-resistant, and therefore Moissanite is a long-lasting, durable crystal.The natural colour of the gem is unlikely to fade or change with time, unlikeother coloured synthetic stones, so buyers can be sure that Moissanite willretain its fire and luster for as long as they wear it. This is essential in awedding band, but also holds true for other jewellery such as pendants andbracelets. Moissanite is a cost-effective and durable alternative to anytraditional white gem, so when your budget is out of diamond's price rangeMoissanite will be your best alternative.